From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Old friends helping Lib candidate? We know that Tim Smith will find himself in Victorian Parliament after Saturday's election no matter who forms government, but whether he will have many friends there is another question entirely. Smith started his campaign on the wrong foot in his own party after winning preselection for the safe seat of Kew from Mary Wooldridge, who was supposed to be parachuted in after her seat of Doncaster disappeared in redistribution. Luckily for Smith, we hear from a tipster that he does still have friends at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked for three years: